KIRAN Society constantly strives to equip the youngsters with skills that helps them to be better prepared for their future lives. With this in mind, the organization provides vocational and skills training in eight different trades for youngsters above 14 years, focusing on their traits and interests.
Wood workshop (Carpentry & IQ Toys): 2 Years Course
- IQ Toys: KIRAN also provides training in general wood work in the manufacturing of wooden crafts; therapeutic, mind challenging, cognitive training, and stimulating toys for toddlers and differently-able children; mathematical teaching aids; and classroom learning aids.
Founded in the year 2006, IQ-Toys is a vocational unit to enable youngsters with different abilities to learn woodwork in a structured manner and to provide them professional knowledge for further guided integration into society. All of the products created through this unit are available locally through our Suryoday Shop & Café in Lanka, Varanasi, and online through the link in the side bar.
- Carpentry: KIRAN provides training in general wood work focusing on the manufacture of furniture, especially special chairs, standing tables, and corner chairs for children with disabilities as well as a wide variety of basic furniture such as tables, chairs, and benches. All of the products created through this unit help to supplement the furniture on-campus, and aid devices distributed to our students and through or community based rehabilitation and outreach services.
2. Horticulture and Organic Farming: 2 Years Course
KIRAN provides training in general gardening work and organic farming which, in practice, is done in the green KIRAN Village campus.
In this vocational unit the trainees learn about horticulture work such as preparing flower beds, trimming herbs, cultivating roses, preparing seeds for nursery, identifying different plants, overall garden care, as well as organic farming such as field preparation, irrigation, tilling, and harvesting.
Our farming program is currently in a transition to 100% organic farming. Throughout the year KIRAN has phased out chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides while developing our own organic methods for maintenance. The trainees have been an integral part of this transition learning firsthand the methods to create organic farms as well as contributing ideas and techniques for the transition process and creation of organic fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides.
3. Tailoring: 1 Year Course
KIRAN provides training in custom design and tailoring of men, ladies, and children’s garments; bags and purses; pillow covers and other bedding; knotting and a variety of embroidery techniques. This program is KIRAN’s oldest training program developed by KIRAN staff within the first years of the KIRAN Centre in Nagwa and the organization is continuing with the same staff till this day. The tailoring program focuses on providing training for independent and self-employment in the manufacturing of textile goods.
4. Bakery: 2 Years Course
KIRAN provides training in the production of different bakery items including bread, cakes, biscuits, muesli, peanut butter, cookies, and other treats. In the Bakery Unit youngsters with different abilities have the chance to develop their skills as a baker. The Bakery program provides an opportunity for employment in a bakery, and also opens up doors for self-employment. Our bakery is located in Varanasi city at our Suryoday Shop & Café where the delicious treats are available for purchase. We also fulfill small and bulk orders for schools, cafes, and other organizations in Varanasi city.
5. Art & Design: 2 Years Course
KIRAN provides training in designing and manufacturing of art works and handicrafts using a variety of artistic techniques and skills. The Art & Design unit produces screen printed cards, hand painted scarves, batiks, different embroidery work, handmade paper bags, and other crafts. The Art & Design program focuses on individual creativity and unique designs to provide the skills and knowledge for independent work and self-employment. All of the products created through this unit are available locally through our Suryoday Shop & Café in Lanka, Varanasi, and online through the link in the side bar.
6. Physiotherapy, 2 Year Course:
KIRAN provides basic training of assistant physiotherapists including the basic knowledge of therapy and therapeutic aids. Assistants help during therapy sessions in our physiotherapy unit of rehabilitation in collaboration with other trained physiotherapists. After completion of this program’s trainees are able to gain employment in facilities provided physiotherapy to individuals, especially those with different abilities.
7. Orthotic & Prosthetic: 2 Years Course
KIRAN provides training in the production and manufacturing of orthotic and prosthetic devices including alignment and measurement under the supervision of trained staff and in collaboration with experts from abroad who annually volunteer in the workshop. After completion of this program, trainees have an opportunity to gain employment in other workshops throughout India.
8. Food Processing & Preservation: 2 Years Course
KIRAN provides basic training in food processing and preserving foods such as jams, jellies, various pickles, chutneys, and syrups. After completion of this program, trainees have an opportunity to gain employment in facilities manufacturing these items, as well as the possibility of becoming self-employed. All of the products created through this unit are available locally through Suryoday Shop & Café in Lanka, Varanasi, and online through the link in the side bar.
9. Saksham Grihini:
Saksham Grihini is a program intended for girls from rural areas, who could not complete their primary education or who have not received an education due to unfavorable circumstances. Girls in this program are given basic education in math, general knowledge, nutrition, health, and first aid, as well as skills training in tailoring, food preparation, and child care. Annually girls in this program also take an education exposure trip locally through Varanasi. Recently the trainees have begun a roof top garden and are practicing horticulture for flowers and vegetables with assistance from our horticultural training program.
The focus of this program is to offer basic education and training for girls who otherwise would not have the opportunity and often return to their family homes to become mothers. Through the course, effort is made to develop basic understanding on health and safety, as well as their rights as a woman in hopes of creating independence for their livelihood and future.